Information on Coronavirus
UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS
On December 29, 2021, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that it would be adopting the CDC Isolation & Quarantine Guidance issued on December 28, 2021. To view this guidance, click here:
- Persons who test positive and are either asymptomatic or their symptoms improve may leave isolation after 5 days, provided that they wear a mask for another 5 days.
- Unless a close contact has received a booster dose of vaccine, they must truly quarantine for a 5 day period following the exposure, followed by another 5 days of mask wearing to complete the quarantine. Those who have received the booster vaccine must wear a face covering for 10 days following the exposure.
As Covid-19 case rates increase in the country and the Commonwealth, we are seeing a similar increase in Andover. It is the Town’s intent to provide appropriate information to our residents and businesses so that you can make informed decisions in caring for yourselves.
For this week's data, click here.
Data for a 7 day period (the previous Thursday through Wednesday), to give the most up-to-date trends as possible. This data will not match the state’s weekly community report because that report uses different time frames.
Community level data for the Commonwealth is available here.
Getting Tested for Coronavirus
Free asymptomatic testing is available for all Massachusetts residents as part of the Stop the Spread initiative.
Testing is available is Lawrence in partnership with Lawrence General Hospital, daily 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Testing is at 70 General Street.
Coronavirus Prevention Tips
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control, symptoms of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) include fever and respiratory illness, such as coughing and difficulty breathing. Symptoms of the virus are similar to those of seasonal flu.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19:
- Wash hands frequently, with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels and liquids if soap and water are not readily available.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- When sick yourself, stay home to protect others.
- Always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect areas and objects that are touched frequently, such as desks, phones, door handles, etc.